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September 9, 2017
Title: FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT IN CHICAGOVenue: St. James Cathedral / ChicagoCategory: MusicDate: 09.19.2017 - 09.19.2017Time: 19.30 hDescription: FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT IN CHICAGO ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 FEATURING MUSIC OF CZECH COMPOSERS Group Will Perform Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano including pieces by Bohuslav Martinů and František Kramář A group of internationally-acclaimed chamber musicians will present a FREE concert on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m., at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street, Chicago (No tickets are required, this is a free event). This concert will feature music that is not performed as often as it should be: - Bohuslav Martinů (Czech) - Sonatina H.356 (1956) (clarinet and piano) - Robert Schumann (German) - Märchenerzählungen [Fairy Tales] Op.132 (1853) (clarinet, viola and piano) - Alec Templeton (UK and USA) - Pocket Size Sonata No. 1 (1959) (clarinet and piano) - Franz Krommer (Czech) - Concerto for Two Clarinets in E-flat major Op.35, First Movement (1802) (two clarinets and two pianos) Featuring a new orchestral transcription for two pianos . . . and, maybe a special encore piece The performers are: Natasha and Marina Stojanovska, pianists from Macedonia, winners of numerous international competitions as both soloists and as a piano duo; Taisiya Sokolova, violist from Russia, also the winner of several international competitions; Steven Cohen, professor of clarinet at Northwestern University and principal clarinet of the Brevard Music Festival, who has performed all over the world, including China; and Jeffrey Gettleman, founder of the chamber music group The Sheffield Winds, who has performed in Vietnam and Canada. Jeffrey Gettleman, spokesperson for the group, said, “This event is unique, because it features instrumental combinations that are not too common.  For example, classical composers generally avoided works featuring both clarinet and viola, because these instruments have similar ranges—however, in the case of Fairy Tales, Schumann busted that myth by writing an achingly beautiful piece in which both instruments blend but yet are separate. The Krommer double clarinet concerto is fun to play and to listen to. It was originally written for orchestral accompaniment, but presented here in a new arrangement for two pianos.  Typically, when an orchestral accompaniment is transcribed for a single piano much has to be left out, because it is difficult for one pianist to cover all the orchestral parts.  This new arrangement for two pianos allows the full orchestral sound to be heard, and is thus a more authentic rendition.” Any of the musicians are available for phone interviews.  Please contact Jeffrey Gettleman at 312-925-5704 to set up a time that is convenient.